The 2010 VMA Countdown: Britney Spears Gets On The Snake

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards are only a few weeks away. The biggest party of the year features nominated clips by Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Ke$ha and Katy Perry and will feature performances by Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, Paramore, Usher, B.o.B and Florence and the Machine (with many more to be announced). In order to properly prepare yourself for what's to come, every day the MTV Newsroom Blog will deliver a classic moment in the history of the MTV Video Music Awards. Today's installment: Britney spears tames some wild beasts.

Over the course of the 27-year history of the MTV Video Music Awards, a few artists have made their mark in permanent ways. Call it the VMA Hall of Fame, which includes the likes of Madonna, Aerosmith, Green Day and Eminem. These are artists who have delivered over and over again, returning year after year to blow away an entirely new generation of fans. Britney Spears most certainly belongs on that list, as her performances rank up there with some of the best in VMA history.

She raised a few eyebrows and dropped plenty of jaws at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, when she appeared to play her then-new single "I'm a Slave 4 U." The sexy track, produced by the Neptunes, was suggestive enough, but when you added in the combination of Spears' revealing outfit and the fact that she performed both on top of a tiger cage and with an albino Burmese Python on her back, it went from a simple song debut to a memorable moment in the history of the awards.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.